We all need a respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily life. We try to travel, dine out, spend time with friends or just be lazy at home. But none of these seem to give us that much-needed refresh from deep within.
Then, there’s yoga, an ancient combination of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in India.
Using a cosmic yoga mat from our store, and getting into different postures or “asanas” has got everyone from regular people to celebrities hooked on yoga, and for good reason. Aside from the obvious benefits of relaxation and even weight loss, yoga can also do these four things for your life:
Sense of Mindfulness
Living in this day and age can easily get you distracted because of everything that’s being thrown at you. But doing yoga on a cosmic yoga mat brings you back that sense of mindfulness where you can re-focus your attention on the things that are in the present.
Yoga has been known to increase mindfulness in all aspects of your life including eating habits. Mindful eating means enjoying your food rather than just eating for the sake of eating. People who practice yoga have been found out to have a deeper appreciation of food including its smell, feel and taste. They also do better at managing cravings, which help them stay healthy and fit.
Better Immune System
Practicing yoga is known to make you fit. But what you might not know is that being on that cosmic yoga mat can help stimulate your genes. According to a research study from the University of Oslo, practicing yoga for at least two hours stimulates 111 genes that help regulate immune cells as opposed to walking that only stimulates 38 genes.
An Appreciation of Body Image
The pressure to look good has never been more intense today, which is why a lot of people focus too much on physical appearance rather than inner beauty. But yoga changes that perspective completely by making you more aware of the strength of your mind and body. If you’ve ever been in a yoga studio, you’ll notice that there are no mirrors or the lighting is dark all to create an inner awareness rather than an outer awareness of how you look on your cosmic yoga mat.
Improvement in Cardiovascular Health
Several studies have proven that yoga can help improve cardiovascular health and reduce cardiovascular risk factors. For instance, it helps regulate blood pressure in people who have hypertension and it improves lipid profiles in patients with coronary artery diseases.
Practicing yoga is also included in several cardiac rehabilitation programs because of its benefits.
Yoga has been practiced for hundreds of years because it works. Aside from offering you these amazing health and wellness benefits, yoga is also an act of self-care and self-love, which we all badly need in a time when the world seems to revolve so fast.